D.C. community calendar, Nov. 8 to 15, 2012

November 8, 2012
Thursday, NOV. 8

Native Pride Dancers and Drummers, for age 5 and older, world champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie and his troupe bring the Northern Plains peoples alive with vibrant dances that celebrate nature, ancestors and the tribal community. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

The Building Zone, for children 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 30, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Kings and queens, for children 2-5 with an adult, program includes the preparation for a royal ball, discovery of treasures, a special feast and an exploration of a different part of the mansion in each of three parts via an art project, songs and more. 10:30-11:15 a.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $30. 202-686-5807.

Hillwood fall garden tours, docent-led tours that explore the history of the gardens and identify the scores of plants. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $10; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Nation-building craft symposium, an examination of craft’s increasing role within contemporary American culture. Glenn Adamson, head of research and head of graduate studies, Victoria and Albert Museum, gives the keynote address; presenters listed at www.americanart.si.edu/renwick/symposium. 12:30-7 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D100098473

Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.americanart.si.edu.

Hungarian magic champion, Soma Hajnoczy performs an interactive, fast-paced, side-splitting evening of magic, music and fun. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Staged reading: “Some Explicit Polaroids,” by British playwright Mark Ravenhill. 7 p.m., Sova, 1359 H St. NE. $15, includes one drink at the bar. 703-683-2824 or www.scenatheater.org.

Barbara Kingsolver book talk, the novelist discusses her 14th book, “Flight Behavior,” about climate change, media exploitation of it and the political opportunism that lies at the root of what may be our most urgent dilemma. 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; students, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

McGowan Forum on Communications, “Communicating the Message: Election Results and Ramifications,” a panel moderated by journalist Steven V. Roberts analyzes the communications methods used to achieve success in elections, election results, how campaigns were run and the use of evolving technology; panelists include Anne Northup, Albert R. Wynn, Tom Davis, Bart Gordon and David Plotz. 7:30 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

An Evening with Ricky Jay, the actor, historian, one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists and author of “Many Mysteries Unraveled: Conjuring Literature in America 1786-1874,” speaks about deception. 8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $35. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/lectures.

Friday, NOV. 9

“Air” walk the Mall, a National Park Service Ranger leads a walking tour of aviation history involving various presidents on the Mall. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Edward Fleming, 240-375-5904.

Meet Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1846-78) via a history reenactor who tells about life at the Smithsonian during the Civil War. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 and 3:30 p.m. most Fridays-Saturdays, National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Villa-Lobos, Larsen, Robert Stolz, Debussy, Khachaturian and Stravinsky. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

General George Patton portrait, combat historian Patrick O’Donnell discusses the general who led the D-Day invasion to Hurtgen Forest. Noon. National Portrait Gallery, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“The Negro Soldier,” a restored U.S. Army propaganda film produced by Frank Capra’s motion picture unit and intended to help unite white and black troops in the fight against the Axis powers. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Organ spectacular, music director Sonya Sutton performs J.S. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor,” Vierne’s “Carillon de Westminster,” and Charles-Marie Widor’s “Toccata,” on the church’s Hart-DeGennaro instrument. 12:15 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286.

Pipe organ recital, Rodney Long performs works by Marcel Dupre, Alexandre Guilmant and Sigfrid Karg-Elert. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Eya in concert, the specialist in medieval music for women’s voices performs works of the 12th through 15th centuries. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, Dahlgren Chapel, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

Philosophy lecture, Concordia University’s Andrea Falcon discusses “The Place of the De Anima in Aristotle’s Explanatory Project.” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.

“The Devil in History,” the 2012 comparison of Communism and Fascism that reflects the author’s personal experiences with communist totalitarianism. 5:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.

“Wind,” from Italy, a theatrical performance that allows the audience to watch a story unfold through two windows as a man and a woman drift on the wind and eventually find themselves face to face. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Astride Two Ages: Technology and the Civil War, a scholarly symposium that explores the technologies of the war on the battlefield, communications, naval technology, science and invention, and manufacturing, medicine and death. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, 10:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, first floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Art reception, for “Crime & Redemption Theatre,” featuring works by the Italian photographer Clara Vannucci, come at 6 p.m. for an artist talk. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9; exhibit continues, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment, closed November. 21-24. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-895-6776 or www.smithcenter.org.

“Night and Fog,” Alain Resnais’s 1955 film depicting the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, filmed in Poland; in German with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.

Black Movements Dance Theatre concert, signature company works and those by student and professional guest choreographers and performers. 8 p.m., Georgetown University, Walsh Black Box Theatre, 36th and Prospect streets NW. $10; students, $8. 202-687-2787.

Jazz concert, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note with jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke. 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

“The Gift to Stalin,” Rustem Abdrashev’s 2008 film about a boy who is rescued by an elderly Kazakh veteran from a train carrying Russian Jews to Stalin’s relocation camps, ultimately an uplifting story of the saving power of love, courage and tolerance between different people and faiths; in Russian, Kazakh and Hebrew with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.

Digital fabrication lecture, Neil Gershenfeld, director, Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT, discusses “Programming Matter: The Science of Digital Fabrication,” sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

Georgetown improvisational comedy, Georgetown Improv Association presents comedy inspired by suggestions from the audience, contains adult themes. 9 p.m., Georgetown University, Leavey Center, Bulldog Alley, 37th and O streets NW. $6; seniors and students, $4. 202-687-2787.

Saturday, NOV. 10

Memorials Uncovered, Beyond Bricks and Mortar, a National Park Service Ranger leads a running tour that uncovers the humility and subtlety behind the makeup of the Mall’s iconic memorials. 8-9 a.m., Washington Monument, Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Neil Koch, 202-438-6640.

Used book sale, many categories, great prices, sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Library. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Hands-on orchid workshop: To repot or not, led by Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations, bring up to two orchids from home and two plastic pots with drain holes and learn how to care for them; handouts given. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $25. 202-686-5807.

“The War of 1812: A Forgotten War,” a National Park Service ranger leads a bike tour with stops connected to the war; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

Book workshop for children, ages 7-11 will get guidance in transforming everyday scrap materials into a picture story, sponsored by the nation of Italy. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Young Readers Center, Room G-29, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

National Garden: Historical Perspectives, intern Kelly Whitson leads an outdoor tour and discusses the plants of historical significance, the history of public gardens and how the National Garden reflects both the past and the future of public gardens. 11 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, National Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.

Art Trails Family Day, for children of all ages, pick up a themed scavenger hunt and answer questions and solve puzzles to trek through time, space and art. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Alexander’s Mermaid and the Ship of Kyrenia,” for ages 6-12, from the nation of Cyprus, the story of Salonika, the girl made half-human, half-fish by the Greek gods and how she wrecked many ships. Noon, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Free. 202-686-5807.

Chief Joseph, listen to a story about the Nez Perce chief and create a piece of art. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

1812: A Nation Emerges, senior historian Sid Hart, co-curator of this exhibit, discusses the conduct and consequence of the War of 1812, leads a tour of the gallery and answers questions. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, second floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Silent films with live music, “Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène (1905),” early Gaumont films from the Sieurin Collection (1899–1900), “Five O’Clock Tea (1905),” Greater Love Hath No Man (191

1) and other films by Alice Guy Blache, live musical accompaniment by Kim and Kathryn Kluge. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Lang Lang: 101 pianists, the pianist and 100 local young pianists from age 8 to 18 perform an entertaining and educating program. 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$18. Free. 202-467-4600.

Classical string quartet recital, members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Red Scare: Walt Disney to Lucille Ball, a National Park Service Ranger discusses how iconic Americans turned on each other during the hunt for Communists in the 50s. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.

An Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour and discusses the Mall’s memorials; take flashlight. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

D.C. A Cappella Festival, the GraceNotes, the university’s first all-female a cappella group, performs music ranging from a cappella rock to oldies to modern pop. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th and O streets NW. $10; students, $8. Free. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.

Jazz concert, pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton perform. 8 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $62.50. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Sunday, NOV. 11

Kimberly Dozier address, the Associated Press correspondent for intelligence and special operations discusses current events. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

“The Weight of War: The Returning Soldier and the Role of Spiritual Wellbeing,” Jay Magness, an Episcopal bishop, moderates a conversation with retired Rear Adm. Chris Weaver, Maj. Gen. Howard Stendhal, the U.S. Air Force chief of chaplains, and retired Army Sgt. Maj. Chad Chaffee about the spiritual health of war veterans. 10:10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Veterans Day bike tour, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour around the National Mall; take your bike and water; helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.

An Afternoon of Jazz, the Airmen of Note perform, 12:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Gallery tour for deaf visitors, a gallery volunteer uses American Sign Language to discuss works in the museum. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

“Snow White,” film screening co-sponsored by Goethe-Institut. 2 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172.

Classical music concert, Phillip Kolker, chair of the department of orchestral instruments and organ at the Peabody Conservatory, conservatory faculty and recent alumni and colleagues perform a program of works for woodwinds and piano written by American composers. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.americanart.si.edu.

Symphonic sketches, Georgetown University music ensembles perform works that explore the connections between musical compositions and the epoch in which they were created. 3 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. $5; students, free. 202-687-2787.

Red Scare: Walt Disney to Lucille Ball, a National Park Service Ranger discusses how iconic Americans turned on each other during the hunt for Communists in the 50s. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.

“Sing and Shine Around the Globe,” Finland’s Sanna Valvanne performs an interactive musical using storytelling, singing, dancing and theater to take the audience on a journey around the globe. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Classical piano recital, Michael Lewin performs works by Debussy and others. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

An Evening with a park ranger,a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour and discusses the Mall’s memorials; take flashlight. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Monday, NOV. 12

Sprouts reunion, 12th anniversary, for ages 3-8 with adult companion, education specialist Lee Coykendall leads ongoing children’s activities, tours through the garden and more. 10 a.m.-noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.

Theater preview, a look at the upcoming theatrical offerings of this newly renovated space. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Frozen in time, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the 50-year division that exists between North and South Korea since the Korean War began. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Call Victor Pillow, 202-841-1774.

Artist Ivan Sigal, a discussion of the changing ways photographers tell stories online and in digital platforms, focusing on the shift from traditional narrative structures as found in photo essays and books to the aesthetic possibilities of digital storytelling. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $12. 202-639-1700.

Authors event, Robert Stone and Lauren Groff discuss the idealism and aftermath of utopian aspirations and read from their recent works; a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.

Tuesday, NOV. 13

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by J.S. Bach, Wranitsky and Hummel. Noon, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Classic piano recital, Cole Burger performs music inspired by the seasons of the year. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Richard Nixon forum, “Nixon to Reagan: Reshaping the Supreme Court,” a discussion of how the court selection process changed during the Nixon administration by justices whose experience extends from Nixon through George W. Bush. 1 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead a tour of the cathedral and discuss its history, architecture and artworks; plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org.

Classic music recital, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Air Force Strings performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

The Wounded Warrior Home Project, architect Michael Graves, retired Army Capt. Alvin Ship and Casey Nolan, Clark Realty Capital, discuss the homes of military personnel who return home wounded and in need of state-of-the-art housing that meets their physical and mental health needs. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12; military, free. 202-272-2448.

“War Elephants,” Writer-producer David Hamlin shows clips from National Geographic’s made-for-TV film and discusses the crises of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park elephants stemming from the years of civil war and ivory poaching. Researcher Joyce Poole also discusses the animals’ hostility toward humans and retraining that behavior. 7 p.m., American University, Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3408 or palmer@american.edu.

Yemen Blues in concert, music that unites traditional Yemenite melodies with blues, jazz and funk. 8 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20. 202-785-9727.

Wednesday, NOV. 14

John Paul Jones and Joshua Barney, a National Park Service ranger discusses the lives of the Colonial-era men. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.

“40 under 40: Craft Futures art discussion, curator Nicholas Bell discusses Andy Paiko’s “Spinning Wheel,” an artwork acquired by the museum from the “40 under 40: Craft Futures” exhibit. Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.americanart.si.edu. http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101164407

Smart growth: Original green, Steve Mouzon discusses how the concept of original green emphasizes sustainable places that are nourishable, accessible and serviceable, with buildings that are durable, flexible and frugal. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448.

“Remembering Kristallnacht,” a historical presentation by Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, with a performance of “Malachey Elyon,” a recorded composition by Joseph A. Santo, composer and assistant dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. The presentation recalls the Nov. 16, 1938, 27-minute radio broadcast that originated at the university and the start of the Holocaust; the CUA Symphony Orchestra and a chorus composed of faculty and students of the music school perform; refreshments will be served following the program. 5:30 p.m., Catholic University, John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5065.

Celebrating Virginia Quarterly Review and “The Female Conscience,” guest editor Marie Arana and contributors Judith Warner, Mary Emma Koles and Sandra Beasley discuss the issue and read selections, a question-and-answer session follows. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.

“Videk’s New Shirt,” from Slovenia, a puppet show about a boy who learns valuable lessons about friendship after he tears his old shirt and enlists help from various characters. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Is this art? Guided looking, a staff member discusses and answers questions about modern and contemporary art. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101143243 .

District architecture program, National Capital Planning Commission open house to present draft policies that will provide guidance for the design of federal facilities and promote more active public spaces. 6:30-8:30 p.m., District Architecture Center, 421 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-347-9403.

Library lecture, historian C. R. Gibbs discusses “Great African Generals and Warriors.” 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Monteverdi’s “Magnificat,” Frederick Binkholder leads the Georgetown University Chamber Singers and accompanist Jinsun Cho in a choral concert that includes works by Schutz and Victoria. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Dahlgren Chapel, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

“Rules of Lying,” a film about a 33-year-old man who decides to take on his drug addiction by going through group therapy as he is living on an isolated farm in the Sumava mountains with 11 other addicts; in Czech with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.

Thursday, NOV. 15

Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: Swingin’ on the Stars with Rocknoceros, cosmic tunes performed by Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie for ages 2-6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation: history and heritage, daily performances, presentations and storytelling from members of the Muscogee Nation Honor Guard in honor of Veterans Day with booths showcasing Muscogee arts and crafts, the Muscogee language, tribal cooking and tribal programs and services. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium and other locations, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Curator’s exhibit tour, Gallery historian David C. Ward leads a tour of “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets.” Noon, National Portrait Gallery, second floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Impressions of Interiors: Walter Gay’s Watercolor Technique, Isabel L. Taube, curator of the exhibit “Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay,” at Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, discusses Gay’s innovative and evocative artistic treatment of Gilded Age rooms, his gouache and watercolor technique and his watercolor La Cheminée (The Fireplace) in Tudor Place’s collection. 2 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 15, registration required. Braedon Renne, 202-965-0400, Ext. 104, or brenne@tudorplace.org.

“Love on the Range,” performance, Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, talks to visitors before he sets out on the trail with the herd, and tells what it takes to make a decent cowhand, reading brands, rounding up steers, fighting off rustlers and delivering longhorns on time and with few losses. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 29, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Celebrating Betty Buchanan,” the chorus and soloists of Singing A—Z perform a musical tribute to its late founder, director and musicologist, hear African folk songs, sacred classics, gospel music, Broadway tunes, choral works by contemporary American composers, selections from John Rutter’s “The Reluctant Dragon,” and more. 4 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-362-8442 or www.StAlbansDC.org.

Mitra Sumatra in concert, a blend of traditional Iranian melodies and rhythms with rock, soul, pop, and more. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Vincent Scully Prize: Architecture Criticism in the Age of Twitter, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger accepts the museum’s prestigious award for his lifetime work encouraging thoughtful discourse about the importance of design and discusses the state of architecture criticism today, the changing role of mainstream media in a digital world and the rise of citizen journalists. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448.

The Jews of Africa: Exploring Religious Identity, rabbi Howard Gorin discusses his work ensuring universal recognition of Ugandan and Nigerian Jewry and what he has learned about the enormous diversity, richness and complexity of African Judaism, the unique ways in which Jewish traditions and rituals have evolved on this enormous continent and more. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Artisans of the Ottoman Empire, scholar Suraiya Faroqhi discusses the silk weavers, metalworkers, ceramicists and manuscript illuminators of the Ottoman empire, emphasizing Istanbul and Cairo, describes the fascinating ebb and flow of society in the Ottoman empire from 1500 to 1900 A.D., sheds new light on production methods, the availability of raw materials and trade of finished goods and more. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Southwest Chamber Musi c Players recital, violist Cathy Amoury, clarinetist Bernard Arons, violinist Carol Hall, horn player Volker Treicher, and pianists David Ehrlich and Bob Rosen perform Max Bruch’s “Eight Pieces” and Brahms’s “Horn Trio, Op. 40.” 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-484-6354.

“Profiles in Service: It Takes a Nation,” a screening of the documentary followed by brigadier general Loree Sutton (retired) moderating a panel including Junior Ortiz, Anthony M. Henderson, Cheryl Laaker Hall, Sanja Batten and Kristina Kaufmann. 7:30 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“#crazypants,” Kathleen Akerley directs Katherine Clair’s playwriting thesis, a story of small-town politics and personal relationships that collide over a proposed restrictive youth dress code. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $15; seniors, $10; students, $5. 202-319-4000 or http://drama.cua.edu or cua-drama@cua.edu.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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